Review :: Runaway Train by Lee Matthew Goldberg

I’ve never written an official review before, but here we are! I had the honor of reading “Runaway Train” by Lee Matthew Goldberg, and I must say it’s a great book! This story is a raw and real novel of someone dealing – or rather not dealing – with grief and everything that comes alongContinue reading “Review :: Runaway Train by Lee Matthew Goldberg”

The Greatest Man I’ve Ever Known

As I sit here Thursday night writing this post, I have to tell you, it’s one of the most difficult posts I’ve ever written. I know Friday is usually education, but education can be put off a little while. It’s been 12 hours – just 12 simple hours – since my Daddy went to Heaven.Continue reading “The Greatest Man I’ve Ever Known”

Education :: Choosing a Setting

The first time a student writes a story in our classrooms, the setting is probably one of the last things they consider. Think back to many of the stories they read in Kindergarten through Second Grade as a class. Many of those stories – though great at teaching sharing and friendship and dealing with emotionsContinue reading “Education :: Choosing a Setting”

Education :: What is the Purpose of the Story?

When you’re playing many games, such as chess, you are playing with a specific purpose in mind. In chess, the purpose of the game is to take out the opposing player’s king. A game of Monopoly is over once someone has bankrupted everyone else. A game of tic-tac-toe is won when a player gets threeContinue reading “Education :: What is the Purpose of the Story?”

Education :: Why the “When” is so Important

Some images don’t make any sense, or have very little meaning, unless you know when they were taken. Imagine a woman dressed in rags, her face unsmiling, her hands empty. The caption reads, “The Great Depression: 1931” or “WWII Refugee: 1943” or “One woman’s salvation through the work of the ‘End It’ Movement: 2017”. NowContinue reading “Education :: Why the “When” is so Important”

Education :: How Do You Know Where to Start?

The simple answer to this question? There is no answer! It would be really nice if we had a formula that worked for every single story. Whether it’s a short essay for school or you’re trying to write the world’s greatest novel, it’s very difficult to know where to start. I find it’s best toContinue reading “Education :: How Do You Know Where to Start?”